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"Arapaho" dress silk; Mallinson's American Indian series

"Arapaho" dress silk; Mallinson's American Indian series

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A length of the "Arapaho" design dress silk; Mallinson's American Indian series, with small samples of 6 additional colorways of this design attached with a Mallinson tag at the upper right corner. The manufacturer's number for this fabric quality (Pussy Willow) is #5459. Pussy Willow was a long time Mallinson trade name for an unweighted, pure dye plain weave silk with a soft hand.. At the time it was popular it was considered similar to a generic fabric type called "radium". This is a large sample with small colorway samples attached. Large sample is Colorway #9. The design is the Arapaho tribe design from the American Indian series; an irregular, curving vertical stripe layout of beadwork strips and feathers. The large sample colorway has a light blue ground with patterning in dark blue, blue-green, orange, red-brown, yellow, black, and white.
Mallinson's American Indian series followed the "National Parks" and "Wonder Caves of America" designs, and illustrates the company's continuing interest in using American themes, and in utilizing the collections of New York area museums for research and inspiration.
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Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
red (overall color)
blue (overall color)
black (overall color)
gray ground (overall color)
Pussy Willow (overall style)
plain weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
40 in x 36 in; x 101.6 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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